Posts Tagged ‘freight carrier’

Car Haulers & Over-Dimension Loads in Saskatchewan

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Owner operator trucking professionals transporting over-dimension loads for car shipping firms providing car delivery services in Saskatchewan will be getting some help from the government of Saskatchewan that should make their job a little easier in the future. The Saskatchewan provincial government announced an investment of $1.6 million the other day to help develop high clearance transport corridors to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of transporting over-dimension loads in Saskatchewan in the years ahead. The development of high clearance transport corridors is needed to allow over-dimension loads to be transported along the transport corridors of Saskatchewan without having to raise or temporarily cut utility lines and other structures along the route.

Which transport corridors within Saskatchewan’s borders is the provincial government planning on making the changes in question that would allow for easier transport of over-dimension loads on the transport routes of Saskatchewan? The corridors being proposed for improvements run from Saskatoon to the Alberta border on Highway 7 and Melville to Rosetown on Highways 14 and 15. All well travelled transport routes that are used on a daily basis by transport vehicles traveling through Saskatchewan and to destinations within the province, so this idea is certain to be applauded by the transport industry of Canada.

This is great news for auto transport carriers operating on the roads of Saskatchewan and should certainly simplify the process of transporting over-dimension loads in Canada as once the improvements are made shipping companies that want to ship over-dimension loads will pay a permit fee to use the corridor in question, rather than arranging with regulatory authorities to plan a route and arrange for utilities to be raised or cut along the transport route in question.

Freight Carrier Movements in South Africa Slow

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Freight carriers trying to move freight into and out of the ports of South Africa are still running up against the picket lines of South Africa’s transport workers and disruptions in port services is causing South Africa’s import and export trade to virtually come to a halt. Apparently, last night the scheduled talks didn’t quite go as both parties probably hoped and at present there appears to be no light down the dark tunnel before this affair. This of course means that freight carrier movements in South Africa’s ports will continue to be slowed, at least until the sides in this affair can find some common ground upon which to stand together.

The port operator Transnet apparently told the unions that their demands for a 15 percent hike in their current pay structure wouldn’t be forth coming and this has had the expected result of the unions quickly telling their workers to continue their battle for their rights. The present offer by Transnet is apparently around 11 percent, so we might see the unions decide after awhile to accept this offer and go back to work. At this point however freight carrier services in the ports are apparently still managing to do a little business, but how much of this is true we have no idea at this point. Capacity at this point is really low and with no new meetings between Transnet and the unions currently set, it might be awhile before we see capacity in the ports of South Africa return to normal.

Chinese Ocean Freight Carriers Making Plans

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Chinese international ocean freight carrier Zhejiang Ocean Shipping is the latest Chinese shipping interest to announce plans for a new shipbuilding phase to help drive its future growth in China and the world. Reports from the shipbuilding industry indicate this Chinese freight carrier has been at work setting up the funding and laying the ground work for the building and delivery of 10 new capsizes that will add significantly to the ability of this Chinese shipping company to deliver ocean freight in the future.

At present it has been reported that Zhejiang Ocean Shipping has a fleet of about 15 capesizes and panamaxes working the trade lanes of the world. 10 new capsizes will enhance the ability of this Chinese freight carrier to move dry bulk freight, but these 10 new capsizes most likely won’t be seen in the ports of the world until sometime in 2011 or beyond.

The shipping interests of Zhejiang province have been busy ordering new bulk freight carrier vessels to keep the business of freight moving in China. Last week, another Chinese shipping company doing business in Zhejiang province apparently put in an order for 21 new vessels to transport bulk freight. Does this mean Zhejiang province is preparing to put itself on the front line of China’s desire to lead the Chinese ocean freight carrier industry into the century of the environment? The shipping company in this case, Zosco, has a good reputation in the world of freight shipping and this expansion could be the first move in the international game of chess we call the freight shipping business.

If this is the goal of Zosco the company still has a long road ahead of it trying to spread its propeller-print around the world of freight. The current fleet of Zosco is going to need some help in this goal and the arrival of 21 new freight vessels is going to go a long way in helping Zosco achieve its future goals.

French Stevedores in Port of Le Havre Fined, Unfair practices?, freight carrier

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

The problems in the French freight carrier industry have been in the headlines a lot lately and today it was reported that four stevedoring companies operating in the Port of Le Havre were fined by the French regulatory agency for what they deem as unfair competition tactics in their business operations at the port. Apparently, the agency thinks the groups involved have been meeting to agree on some aspects of business that could give the firms involved a significant business advantage in the Port of Le Havre.

The truth of this affair could likely be told in the weeks and days ahead and it could be trying times for the four stevedoring companies involved and the French freight carrier industry. There could always be additional business consequences involved for these companies and at the very least they’re going to be under the microscope for awhile. Exactly, what the additional business consequences could be we’ll probably hear about in the months ahead and we can be sure the French regulatory agencies will be watching every move the companies involved in this affair make in their future business affairs in the Port of Le Havre and probably anywhere they do business in France.

The fines applied this time appear to be more symbolic than substantial and it could be the French agency just wants to send a strong message to the four companies involved and others in the French freight carrier industry that this kind of stuff will not be tolerated? The French agency stopped short of applying some fines to parties that some think were involved in this affair, so maybe some sanity is starting to appear in this affair and we’ll see business in the Port of Le Havre return to normal.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…tm_medium=email

Time to Invest in the Future?, Container transport industry, container transport, freight carrier

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Is it time for shipping companies to begin ordering new container transport vessels? There appears to be a cut-throat competition going on between shipyards competing for the latest round of new containership orders that might be an opportunity for some shipping companies to save a bit of money? The competition appears to be getting a little hotter lately as there have been reports of investigations into competition complaints.

One particular complaint centers on moves by one Greek shipping interest to raise the money it needs for new vessels by using European taxpayers money to pay for the vessels. The intensity of this dispute appears to be rising at the moment and this situation could become pretty heated in the days and weeks ahead. This affair appears to be a political hot potato at the moment in European circles, so we can probably expect some tippy-toeing to be going on around the events concerning this company. The investigation appears to be going full steam ahead though and we can certainly expect to hear something on this front in a few days.

We should probably expect more shipbuilding yards to join the competition for new container transport ships being built around the world. The volume of new ships being ordered has increased recently according to many in the freight carrier industry and a feeding frenzy of a type could begin shortly. What all this means for the world’s freight shipping industry is the question? Will the volume of containers that needs to be transported go up and is the business of shipping containers going to return to levels of old in 2010?

http://www.tradewinds.no/archive/;jsession…1+ship+purchase

China’s Growing Tanker Fleet in Future?, Controling the flow of imported oil, freight carriers, freight carrier

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Bulk oil shipments are taken by the large tankers of the world’s oil freight carriers to destinations around the world in some of the largest vessels ever to float on the oceans blue. Bulk tankers of this type are used to transport bulk liquids of many different kinds to market, including hazardous and potentially lethal bulk liquids that are used to power the world’s industries.

China has been making moves designed to make the country as self-sufficient in the future as possible. Part of this plan is a desire to control the domestic and international flow of bulk oil into the China. China has recently made a few choices that have a few freight carrier industry analysts thinking that China is moving toward purchasing the new tanker capacity it needs to make sure at least 40 percent of the bulk oil imported into China is transported on tankers owned or controlled by Chinese shipping interests.

Towards this end many in the worldwide freight carrier shipping industry think that there are Chinese shipping companies currently planning to increase the size of what’s already one of the world’s largest bulk tanker fleets by as much as five times its present size in order to handle this job. This means Chinese shipping interests that are planning on bowing to government pressure in this goal are going to have to order a bushel full of new tankers. At present the new orders haven’t been seen on the books of the world’s shipyards, but if China is going to move toward the goal of transporting a large percentage of the imported oil it uses to power its industries, it will have to get started on this job soon.

http://www.tradewinds.no/archive/?action=s…w+hong+kong+arm

European Air Freight Moving Again, Air freight carrier’s take a breath, freight carrier

Monday, April 26th, 2010

European air space is finally open to flights after six days of being closed due to volcanic ash originating in Iceland and many air freight carrier industry professionals around the world are breathing a little easier. A full schedule of flights will probably be in the air today, but on Wednesday and Thursday a reduced number of flights were in the air. There were still a few air space restrictions in place due to the ash clouds in regions of Sweden as of Wednesday, but the air has cleared since then. Air freight carrier movements in southern Sweden and over all Europe are going to be a little congested for awhile, but at least the air freight is once again moving. The backlog of air freight will eventually be cleared though and before you know it things will be back to almost-normal.

Does this mean the disruptions in air freight carrier movements due to the volcanic eruptions in Iceland are over? The prevailing wind currents will be the ultimate determiner of whether or not the volcanic ash from Iceland will once again be a problem for air freight movements in Europe and all regions of the world. The thick ash will be carried to where ever the winds takes it, once it slows down after being ejected from the volcano and the winds aren’t as predictable as they use to be. The volcano is probably going to continue to erupt for a time though and this means that volcanic ash is going to be in the news and the lives of the world’s air freight industry professionals for awhile.

We do expect this problem to exist for awhile, so monitoring of the winds and volcanic ash as it travels across the skies should allow us to decrease the effect the ash clouds will have on air freight movements around the world. Air freight movements are still likely to be disrupted at times though and this is going to mean time, money and inconvenience for the air freight carrier industry and its customers. Will insurance or other entities cover some of the expenses that will be occurred because of disruptions due to volcanic ash? Don’t hold your breath waiting for this to happen. Insurance companies will likely call this an act of nature and compensation for the problems that the volcanic ash causes will be unlikely. The costs will likely have to be absorbed by the industry or passed onto the customer in some way.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…tm_medium=email

Europe’s Air Freight Carrier Nightmare, Sit & Wait Approach, freight carriers

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

There’s an air freight carrier nightmare occurring in Europe right now that’s probably going to continue to cause disruptions and other problems, even weeks after flights resume, according to many air freight carrier professionals taking part in the current chaos. Reports are coming in from a few regions of the world of air freight carriers stopping taking orders and bookings and this of course is going to throw a wrench into the supply and demand chains of many industries.

Will this increase the cost of air transport for customers in the coming weeks? There are certainly a few that think this is a possibility, if not an absolute that can’t really be helped. This of course isn’t going to come as a surprise to most reading this article, but it certainly isn’t going to be welcome news for customers either, and it will obviously mean significant changes in the plans for many that need to use air freight services in their business operations.

One thing is for sure we’re getting to see firsthand the chaos that can occur when airports are closed for days at a time and the effect this has on air freight movements and the air freight industry of the regions affected as a whole. There’s also a lot of air freight sitting in warehouses and airports around Europe and other regions of the world at present and this is a situation might not be sustainable for an extended period of time. At some point something has to give, if pressure keeps building, and the resulting problems could be far beyond anything we might have imagined. This is probably a worst case scenario, but it’s certainly something that the agencies involved in this affair must take into account as they continue to ground planes in Europe and keep airports closed to traffic.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…20017768716.htm

Recession Starting to Pullback?, Increase in air freight in Hong Kong, freight carrier, freight carriers

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The increase in air freight carrier movements to Hong Kong in the last month or so has many in the freight industry thinking that the recession could be starting to recede and the world economy starting to pick up speed. The truth of this belief is of course the question and one that will be keeping many people in Asia up at night. The volume of air freight being taken to destination by air freight carriers traveling to Hong Kong did increase last month and it has continued to go up according to sources. Does this mean that the recession is starting to lessen? This is a good question, but one that we don’t really appear to have the answers for yet. The only thing we really can say is that there are more customers that want to move air freight to and from Hong Kong.

The fact that air freight volumes have been going steadily up in Hong Kong is of course probably not a surprise to many, since Hong Kong is part of China. China has been spending huge amounts on increasing their air freight carrier industry of late and this is certainly going to have had an effect upon the volume of air freight traveling through Hong Kong.

According to the belief of many in the industry the long term prospects for air freight business to continue to grow in Hong Kong and the surrounding regions is also excellent and many in the industry expect to see the demand for air freight services to continue to rise. Hopefully, these forecasts are correct and at the same time air freight traffic in the other regions around the world starts to increase as well.

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…20017766618.htm

Hams Hall Doing Good, Rail freight growth in the UK

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The European rail freight carrier industry has had as tough a two year period as the worldwide freight carrier industry, but over in the United Kingdom Hams Hall just had its most important year in the history of the firm. In fact, their business just had the best year in the history of the company and they’re looking toward growing their business even more in 2010 and beyond. Hams Hall is operated by Associated British Ports (ABP), a firm that has apparently done pretty well compared to other rail freight carriers in Europe during the downturn in freight business.

During the last year Hams Hall has been adding new freight trains, with 15 new freight trains making the journey to destination every week. Hams Hall isn’t the only rail freight carrier that has been adding lines as Norfolk Line just began a bi-weekly service to Novara, using the Channel Tunnel and in September the first temperature-controlled rail freight train made the journey, something that hasn’t been seen for a few years.

This is a great sign for the European rail freight carrier industry, being able to grow business and infrastructure during times of financial instability and improve services for customers says a lot for the strength of the industry. There are even people who think that the adding of these freight lines removes a significant amount of carbon emissions from the air of Europe, but this of course has to be determined. The United Kingom appears committed to rail freight as the way they want to go with freight transport and with the moves the European freight industry has seen recently, they appear to be serious.

http://www.logisticsmanager.com/Articles/1…ight+boost.html
http://en.shippingchina.com/sailingnews/in…l/id/15656.html

http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/ind…tid=20017753074